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John Norman William Atkinson PROCTER

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Surname: PROCTER

Forename(s): John Norman William Atkinson

Place of Birth: Rylstone, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-05-02

Awards: M.C., M.I.D.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. B. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: ESQUELBECQ MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CRACOE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: RYLSTONE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Norman William Atkinson Procter (born 25 July 1894) was the son of William Atkinson and Rebecca Procter, née Horner. William was born at Kirkby Malham and Rebecca at Conistone, Yorkshire.

1901 Rylstone, Yorkshire Census: Manor House - John N. Procter, aged 6 years, born Rylstone, son of William A. and Rebecca Procter.

1911 Holt, Norfolk Census: Gresham's School House, Cromer Road - John Norman William Atkinson Procter, aged 16 years, born Rylstone, Yorkshire. Schoolboy.

John is commemorated on the Roll of Honour of Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Lt J.N.W.A. Procter (M.C.), 6th Bn West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 3 August 1915. Correspondence: Capt. R.G. Procter applies for 1914-15 Star in respect of his late brother. Address: Bordley House, Easby Drive, Ilkley, Yorks.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

PROCTER, Lieutenant J.N.W.A., M.C., aged 23, West Riding Regiment, Manor House, [Rylstone], died of wounds May 2, 1918.

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Lieutenant John Norman William Atkinson PROCTER

Lieutenant John Norman William Atkinson PROCTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: PROCTER

Forename(s): John Norman William Atkinson

Born:

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Rank: Lt

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 6th Battalion (Territorial)

Decorations: M.C.

Died Date: 02/05/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War:

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Surname: PROCTER

Forename(s): John Norman William A.

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 23

Awards: M C, Mentioned in Despatches

Died Date: 02/05/1918

Additional Information: Son of W. A. and Rebecca Procter, of "Bordley," Easby Drive, Ilkley, Yorks. Native of Rylstone, Yorks.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1918

PROCTER John Norman William Atkinson of Rylstone Yorkshire died 2 May 1918 in France Administration London 13 November to William Atkinson Procter gentleman. Effects £422 19s.

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ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

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St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

Family gravestone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

St Peter's Churchyard, Rylstone

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

Gresham’s School Chapel Screen

Gresham’s School Chapel Screen

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07 January 1916

CRACOE – THANKS FOR GIFTS RECEIVED

Miss Ashton, of Cockerham Farm, Thorpe, has received acknowledgments of parcels sent to soldiers serving at the front, the gifts having been subscribed for by friends in the district. Lieut. J. N. Procter, of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, writing from France says:– “Thank you and the subscribers very much indeed for the parcel. It was an excellent combination. We have been having a lively time out here lately. We are at present in a rest camp after a turn of four days in some very wet trenches; in fact the trenches no longer exist – they are all fallen in. Our men are in very good spirits, however. Again thanking you for your splendid idea in getting up the scheme.”

23 June 1916

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Second Lieut. J. N. W. A. Procter, who is also mentioned in despatches for gallant conduct, is the second son of Mr. W. A. Procter, of Rylstone. He joined in November, 1914, trained with the 1st 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and went out to the Front August 2nd, 1915, to take up the duties of signalling officer in succession to Lieut. Anthony Slingsby.

18 January 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Lieutenant Norman Proctor, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. W. A. Proctor, Rylstone, has won the Military Cross.

25 January 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – MILITARY CROSS FOR DALES OFFICER

We reproduce a photograph of Lieutenant J. N. W. A. Procter, younger son of Mr. W. A. Procter, of Manor House, Rylstone, who, as briefly intimated in our columns last week, has been awarded the Military Cross. He joined the Army in 1914, and went to the Front in 1915 as the Signalling Officer to the ----- Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. In April 1916 he was mentioned in despatches. Recently he was made Signalling Officer to the ----- Infantry Brigade.

10 May 1918

PROCTER – May 2nd, 1918, aged 23, died of wounds received in action on April 29th, Lieutenant J. N. W. A. Procter, M.C. (Norman), Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, younger son of William and Rebecca Procter, Manor House, Rylstone.

10 May 1918

Lieutenant Norman Procter, Rylstone

Widespread sympathy will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Procter and family, the Manor House, Rylstone, in the sad loss that has befallen them in the death of their younger son, Lieutenant J. W. N. A. Procter, who was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on April 29th, severely wounded in the left shoulder and chest, and who died there on the 2nd inst. He was a general favourite in the district and his memory will long remain as a treasured possession. Lieut. Procter was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, Norfolk. He joined the forces in November, 1914, receiving a commission in a local battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s W.R. Regiment. After training at various places in this country he went to France at the beginning of August 1915, a week after attaining his 21st birthday. He was mentioned in dispatches in April, 1916, and received the Military Cross 1st January, 1918. He acted as signalling officer to his battalion, and subsequently was seconded for service with the Royal Engineers as signalling officer to his brigade. A memorial service will be held on Sunday next at 10.30 at Rylstone Church.

17 May 1918

SKIPTON RURAL TRIBUNAL – Mr. Procter's Loss

At the outset, the Chairman said he was sure it would be the Tribunal’s wish that some token of their deepest sympathy should be sent to Mr. W. A. Procter in his sad bereavement. He had not the pleasure of knowing Mr. Norman Procter, but all who knew him had assured him that he was a magnificent specimen of a young Englishman. He was a gallant officer, for he had not only been mentioned in despatches, but had also won the Military Cross. He moved that a letter containing the Tribunal’s sympathy and regret be sent to Mr. Procter in his hour of trial.

Mr. Mason seconded, and Captain Thompson also associated himself with the resolution, which was carried by the members rising in their places.

23 August1918

MILITARY CROSS FOR THE LATE LIEUT. NORMAN PROCTOR

Mr. W. A. Procter, of Rylstone, has received the Military Cross awarded in January to his son, Lieutenant Norman Procter, 1/6th Battalion West Riding Regiment. Lieut. Proctor died on May 2nd, 1918, in a Casualty Clearing Station after being severely wounded at the Battle of Kemmel Hill on April 29th, and was buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, near Wormhoudt, in North France. The Secretary of State sends the following statement of the service for which the Military Cross was awarded:– For gallantry and most consistent devotion to duly as signalling officer throughout the period 26/2/17 – 20/9/17, especially when in the trenches near Hulloch [Hulluch] in June 1917. When the lines to companies were constantly cut by hostile shell and trench mortar fire he laid a new set of lines at great personal risk and maintained communication to companies under very trying and difficult conditions: and also when in trenches near Nieuport in August, 1917, he established visual communication to companies and was constantly out working on the line to Brigade, which was often cut by hostile shelling. He maintained this line across the Yser canal to the Nieuport side. It is entirely owing to this officer’s energy and diligence since he took over the duties of signalling officer in August, 1915, that the battalion signallers have attained their present high standard of efficiency.

02 May 1919

PROCTER – In loving memory of Lieutenant Norman Procter, M.C., 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who died May 2nd, 1918, at Esquelbecq, North France, of wounds received at the Battle of Kemmel Hill.

‘Bordley,’ Easby Drive, Ilkley.

04 July 1919

PEACE SUPPLEMENT TO THE 'CRAVEN HERALD' – CRAVEN'S FALLEN OFFICERS: LIEUTENANT J. W. N. A. PROCTER

Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Procter, Manor House, Rylstone, died of wounds May 2nd, 1918, aged 23 years.

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10 May 1918

PROCTER – May 2nd, 1918, aged 23, died of wounds received in action on April 29th, Lieut. J.N.W.A. Procter, M.C. (Norman), Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, younger son of William and Rebecca Procter, Manor House, Rylstone.

10 May 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Lieut. N. Procter Dies of Wounds

Much sympathy will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Procter, of Manor House, Rylstone, in the loss of their younger son, Lieut. Norman Procter, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, who died from severe wounds in the left shoulder on May 2nd at the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, received in action on April 29th. Lieut. Procter, who was 23 years of age, was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, Norfolk. He joined the forces in November, 1914, receiving a commission in the local battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. After training in this country he went to France at the beginning of August, 1915, a week after attaining his 21st birthday. He was mentioned in despatches in April, 1916, and received the Military Cross on Jan. 1st, 1918. He acted as signalling officer to his battalion, and subsequently was seconded for service with the Royal Engineers as signalling officer to his brigade. There will he a memorial service at the Rylstone Church on Sunday morning next.

30 August 1918

The Late Lieut. Norman Procter

Mr. W.A. Procter. of Rylstone. has received the Military Cross won by his son, Lieut. Norman Procter, West Riding Regiment, who died on May 2nd last in France from wounds received at the battle of Kemmel Hill on April 29th. The award was made for gallantry and most consistent devotion to duty as signalling officer throughout a period of seven months in 1917.

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